Ozzie Albies turned a single to center into a double when second base was vacated
When the National League's first All-Star voting update was released, it was no surprise to see Ozzie Albies atop the leaderboard at second base. Even with his recent slump, he's been tearing it up in 2018 with 16 homers in 67 games entering Thursday.
The power is more than welcome for the Braves, but Albies' calling card is his speed. That's better indicated in his 19 doubles, and he used some smart baserunning to add to that total during his team's 4-2 win over the Padres.
Albies plated the first run of the game for the Braves by grounding a base hit up the middle, just past the gloves of Tyson Ross and Freddy Galvis. However, with the way that the Padres had positioned themselves, no one was anywhere close to second base. Sensing an opportunity, Albies capitalized:
Manuel Margot's charge from center toward second was of no use, and his throw to Cory Spangenberg sailed high.
Chalk it up as another double for Albies and another bit of baseball savvy that belies the 21-year-old's age.